Most women long for a break from the relentless routine of early motherhood, and while some find solace in the escape that books, TV and films provide, multitasking Melbourne mum Anne Freeman from Northcote has approached the problem in a different way, writing his first novel.
“After the birth of my second child, I realized that I had put all my writing dreams on hold, as if waiting for my life to begin when the children were older. That’s when I started writing Returning to Adelaide in the Google Docs app on my iPhone. I only sat down to breastfeed my daughter, so that was the only way to do it: rock her with one hand and type my novel with the other. The rest of the time I was buzzing around looking after two under threes,” says the multi-award-winning finalist.
The story follows the life of Adelaide Jones, a wife and mother who, when her perfect suburban life begins to unravel, is forced to discover herself on the Greek island of Ikaria. “I wanted to create a situation that made it not only acceptable but necessary for a mother to travel halfway around the world, solo,” says Anne. “I wrote it at a stage in my life when a trip to Kmart was like going to Club Med, so being forced into a trip to the Greek islands was an imaginary situation!”
What follows is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that ultimately reignites Adelaide’s tenacity.
Book blogger Brooke Crawford describes it as “a beautiful celebration of strong women, and the power to reconnect with our passions and remember who we were before the metamorphosis of motherhood.” There is delightful romance, a breathtaking setting, and warm friendships. I laughed, I cried, I raged and I clapped!
Back in Adelaide, she was a finalist for the 2021 Romance Writers of Australia Valerie Parv Prize and the 2021 Hawkeye Publishing Manuscript Development Prize.
It will be published by Hawkeye Publishing on March 21, 2022. Advance copies are available
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